Native oysters at risk from new nuclear build. Graham Farley of Mersea Island Environmental Alliance (MIEA) shares why marine life in the Blackwater Estuary will be at risk if the Bradwell B nuclear new-build goes ahead. CHINA General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and EDF Energy are currently circulating updates on the proposed Bradwell new-build nuclear project. In their article they say that members of the public have a chance to win a photographic competition or even submit their happy memories associated with the original Bradwell Magnox Station! My memories of the Bradwell Magnox station include: radioactive leaks, record fines, more leaks and attempts to cover up a catalogue of failures including the failed FED dumping of radioactive waste in our estuary. Unsurprisingly, there are no mentions of climate change and environmental protection in their literature. It was assumed that with the decreasing cost of green energy, spiralling costs of new nuclear projects and collapse of other UK proposed nuclear builds that Bradwell would be shelved. However, this isn’t so, as we have a copy of a Marine Licence application from July this year to survey the estuary, which confirms that the project is still moving forward. This document confirms the power station “will likely operate with cooling water abstracted from the Blackwater Estuary”. The case I’m making to stop the nuclear new build at Bradwell is environmental: the Blackwater Estuary is one of the most important wildlife habitats in the country, therefore safeguarding and preserving this habitat for future generations is a priority! We must protect of the delicate ecology of the mud flats, salt marsh and the shallow estuary with its many international environmental protections and UK Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) status.
Mersea Island Courier 16th Sept 2019 read more »